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National Glaucoma Awareness Month


Since January marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to review the importance of recognizing the threat of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is the term for a category of progressive ocular diseases that damage the optic nerve, which may be a precursor to irreversible blindness. When uncontrolled, glaucoma often initially results in vision loss in the periphery of the visual field until it eventually results in a complete loss of vision. Glaucoma is thought to be the number one reason for avoidable loss of vision and according to estimates, over sixty million individuals around the world have the vision threatening condition.


A significant cause of glaucoma is thought to be increased pressure around the optic nerve referred to as intraocular pressure. The increase in pressure around the eye causes damage to the optic nerve which is responsible for delivering messages from the eye to the vision centers in the brain. In instances where this pathway is damaged eyesight is impaired. Regrettably, damage to the optic nerve can't be fixed.


The most concerning characteristic of glaucoma is that distinct from other forms of blindness, there are no symptoms until it may be too late.
It is because of the disease's subtle nature glaucoma is described as the "sneak thief of sight." The quandary is is it possible to prevent a condition which lacks any tell-tale symptoms?


Early detection of glaucoma is the key to successful treatment. While glaucoma risk is universal, specific groups have a higher risk than others. Major risk factors for glaucoma can include those over 45 years of age, anyone having family members who have had glaucoma, individuals with diabetes, or other eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, eye injuries or high intraocular pressure.


The best way to detect glaucoma is to find a qualified eye doctor. There are a number of diagnostic eye examinations used to measure damage to the ocular nerves caused by glaucoma. Particularly if you are 45 or older or know that you are at risk, you should schedule a comprehensive eye examination on a yearly basis.


Unfortunately for the most part glaucoma cannot be prevented. Nevertheless the loss of sight caused by damage to the optic nerve may be prevented by a reliable diagnosis and prompt treatment. Don't delay! Contact South Coast Optometry today, for a yearly glaucoma screening.

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
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Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
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